May / June 2014

Evansville Living

Places We Call Home

While skylines define many cities, Evansville is distinguished by its vibrant and varied neighborhoods. Picking a corner of the city — or the greater Evansville area — for your stomping grounds is no small matter: beyond our brick homes, neighborhoods

Street Smarts

The central core of Evansville, radiating outward from the Downtown business grid that sits at a 45-degree angle, is really a collection of neighborhoods that demonstrate how the city grew. Most cities expand eastward first (urban planners tell us) because

All Aboard!

On Sept. 6, 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 pilgrims and 50 crewmembers. The trip marked an important, though at times tragic, beginning to the settlement of the New World. On May 3, 2014, a completely different Mayflower

A Re-Styled Life

With a decades-long career in corporate management, Rebecca Hazelton had it made — until her employer, Temple-Inland, closed the doors to its Evansville offices in 2010. Although she was nearing retirement age, Hazelton wasn’t ready to stop working. “I didn’t

On the Right Track

In 1907, the Southern Railway completed its new rail line from Evansville to French Lick, Ind. The new line transported coal and tourists, who came to visit the area’s mineral springs. The coal trains are gone now, as are the

Partners in Crime

Jill Hollman-Walker met Sherman Greer, the now-retired Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Director, at Droste’s Jewelry Shoppe years ago and walked out knowing she was going to own and train a search and rescue dog. Walker started training her Australian Shepherd

Hot Topic

As independent producer Jane Owen continues to work with WNIN TV on its program called “Evansville’s Great Kitchens,” she says kitchens are an extension of their owners’ personalities. Owen began working in February, interviewing homeowners from around the Tri-State, including

Casa Finale

For several years, Sherry Wright hoped to relocate her family from Lincolnshire Historic District to the riverfront of Downtown Evansville. With each home that caught her attention, she called her husband Kirk and asked him to join her for a

A Lost Treasure

In early 2012, New Harmony residents Mike and Angie Woodburn were invited by their neighbors to travel to Mount Vernon, Ind., for ice cream. But with it being a nearly 40 minute-round-trip, Mike believed the drive wasn’t worth it, especially

Smooth Operator

Husband and wife team Shaun and Molly Angel are on a mission to improve the health of Tri-State residents. Their newest idea is the Upgrade Café, which offers fruit and vegetable blended juices, protein shakes, smoothies, coffees, and teas. The

Summer Greens

An 80-year-old salad … sounds appetizing, right? With so many things changing in the culinary arena over the last 30 years or so, and especially the last 10 to 15 years, belief should be suspended that something so traditional can

Awaken Your Tastebuds

Whenever I eat good Thai food, I think of that junior high biology class diagram of the tongue. It charted the flavor receptors of the tongue and it usually required a lab activity involving a sugar packet, a lemon, and

A Century of Opening Days

July 17, 1915, was declared a holiday in Evansville. A band marched from Sunset Park all the way to the city’s brand-new athletic stadium, named after Mayor Benjamin Bosse. The Evansville River Rats, a baseball team from the Central League,

Center of Attention

Rhythm & Roots

Twenty-year-old Meghan Gallagher’s Facebook page says a lot about the aspiring country singer: she likes to take selfies with her parents and she is a class clown, posing with a goofy, cross-eyed grin in several photos. A 2012 Reitz Memorial

Editor's Letter

On the House

We bought our first home in 1994 — a very nice home on Southfield Road in Arcadian Acres on Evansville’s East Side — one of the oldest homes in the “subdivision,” built in 1940 on a small hill at the

Chew On This

Chew On This

The Upgrade Café, (300 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, IN) has opened in the Livewell Building. The café will be serving healthy organic juices, protein shakes, smoothies, coffee, and tea. East Penny Lane Coffeehouse and Pub, (2004 Washington Ave.) has opened

Check It Out

Lucky for You

Latin Grammy Award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band are playing at the Art in the Park event on June 21 at Wesselman Nature Preserve. For the husband and wife duo Alisha Gaddis and Lucky Diaz, it is


Time to Start Living

It’s time for Christy Rolley to start living again. The 48-year-old Newburgh, Ind., resident has had a few “interruptions” along the way. On January 31, 2010, Rolley and her sister were sledding with their kids when the Rolleys’ tube struck

Cheap Eats

Flat Out Tasty

One of the hottest trends sweeping restaurants is artisan flatbreads. While similar in appearance to a pizza, flatbread is made without yeast with the dough rolled very thin and baked crispy. Schlotzsky’s, which has more than 400 franchised and company-owned

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

The Main Street Fire

The late radio news (television wasn’t here yet) on the frigid evening of Jan. 3, 1951, was focused on the pullout of United Nations forces from Inchon, Korea. Senator Robert Taft, a conservative Republican, was urging President Truman to declare

Comfort Zone

Power of the Purse

Shortly after last year’s Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County annual meeting, where members listened as six organizations made presentations vying for two $35,000 grants, one woman was inspired by the story of the runners-up. In their grant proposal, Boom Squad,

Digging In

Gardens That Swing

You don’t have to be a professional landscaper to have a beautiful garden or outdoor space to enjoy. Members of the Garden Club of Henderson, Ky., are hoping their fifth biennial Gardens That Swing tour will showcase lovely and unique

Down and Dirty

When I was at Purdue University, I am sure that my parents would never have thought that they would be paying for a class in which I played in the dirt. I think that they still can’t believe that I


Tee for Three

On June 23, the arm of the PGA Tour returns to the Tri-State with the United Leasing Championship. This year marks the last year of a three-year contract for the tour to come to Victoria National Golf Club in

A Landmark Renovation

Its curved corners and metal exterior panels make Evansville’s old Greyhound bus station stand out. Though similar structures once dotted the American landscape, only a handful remain. Since 2007, when the last bus departed, the moderne-style terminal has been vacant

Sailing Through a Postcard Reprised

Ten years ago I wrote about sailing with “Windjammer” through the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and titled the story, “Sailing Through a Postcard,” a comment my husband made as we sailed the turquoise sea into the sunset. Though the


Sculpting the Future

As a man who grew up just outside of Manhattan but left his native state of New Jersey to attend Arizona State University for college, Lenny Dowhie is no stranger to adventure or risks. He earned his bachelor of arts

Weather Woman

The photos are up, the awards and medals are on display, and a giant cartoon caricature of Marcia Yockey is greeting guests as they walk through the front door of the Newburgh Museum. As part of the Notable Women of


Unconventional Art

The five current leaders (or “Doomanati” as they joke in a whisper) of The Arts Council of Doom realize it’s important for an artist to have as many connections and avenues of exposure as possible. “I was sitting around, trying

Online Exclusives

Link Up

To show how stories in the May/June issue of Evansville Living fit into the broader context of world events, this edition of Link Up brings the Internet to you. No Google search required. The Evansville Greyhound Station is an iconic

Finding Treasure

Few people realize that the Kentucky Derby is not the final race of the day at Churchill Downs on the First Saturday in May. It’s a common misconception, and after the greatest two minutes in sports, it was hard to